I too wanted to learn knitting and waited until I could find somebody to teach me. However, I could not find anyone who had the time to teach me.
I finally found the lessons on You Tube and I learned from the videos. They are a great resource for beginners as well as advanced knitters. I learned a few patterns and have completed a teddy bear and a scarf so far. The teddy needs to be stuffed and sewn though.
You need to also learn how to read the patterns. There are many patterns available online.
There is a dedicated social network called Ravelry.com where you can find a great knitting community and lots of resources.
Hope that helps.